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Movie: Gattaca

A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 11, 2018 - 9 comments

Movie: Waterworld

In a future where the polar ice-caps have melted and Earth is almost entirely submerged, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw "smokers," and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 9, 2018 - 16 comments

Colony: Good Intentions  Season 2, Ep 8

Snyder and Helena do damage control. Will's position gets risky. Kate is back in the Resistance. Bram comes home. Lindsay meets some fanatics. Charlie's instincts kick in. [more inside]
posted by nubs on Feb 8, 2018 - 11 comments

Colony: Free Radicals  Season 2, Ep 7

The Red Hand escalates. Bram gets recruited. Will and Broussard both recognize their limits. The true nature of the Colony is revealed. [more inside]
posted by nubs on Feb 7, 2018 - 6 comments

Babylon 5: And the Sky Full of Stars  Season 1, Ep 8

[major arc] Two "Knights" kidnap Sinclair and force him to relive his memories of the last battle of the Earth-Minbari war, as they are convinced he is a collaborator or spy. "I know you. I know who you are. I know you." and "What do you want?" [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Feb 5, 2018 - 9 comments

Star Trek: Discovery: The War Without, The War Within  Season 1, Ep 14

Burnham and the crew are faced with the harsh reality of the war during their absence; Starfleet must use unconventional tactics and sources to take their next action against the Klingons. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Feb 5, 2018 - 56 comments

Colony: Fallout   Season 2, Ep 6

The Resistance reaches out to Katie; Will wants to help his wife bury her past. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Feb 4, 2018 - 10 comments

Star Trek: Discovery: What's Past Is Prologue  Season 1, Ep 13

Lorca plans to move forward with a coup against the Emperor, propelling Burnham to make a quick decision to save not only herself, but the U.S.S. Discovery. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jan 28, 2018 - 111 comments

Colony: Company Man  Season 2, Ep 5

Will returns to an unfamiliar workplace. At home, Katie tries to stay on her best behavior. Broussard and his cell make a startling discovery about the Wall. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Jan 28, 2018 - 10 comments

Colony: Panopticon  Season 2, Ep 4

Katie and Will catch up. Charlie's home but not safe. Jennifer performs under pressure. Unbeknownst to them all, the Preliminary Global Authority considers "total rendition" for the Los Angeles bloc. [more inside]
posted by nubs on Jan 23, 2018 - 11 comments

Babylon 5: Mind War  Season 1, Ep 6

[arc episode] An old flame of Talia's from Psi Corps, arrives at Babylon 5 with a warning. Meanwhile, G'Kar warns Sakai away from her job job at logging mineral deposits on Sigma-957. "Let me pass on to you the one thing I've learned about this place. No one here is exactly what he appears. Not Mollari, not Delenn, not Sinclair… and not me." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jan 21, 2018 - 8 comments

Colony: Sublimation   Season 2, Ep 3

Will, Devon and Charlie journey home; Katie says goodbye to her daughter; Bram makes friends at camp; Maddie finds a new project. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Jan 19, 2018 - 5 comments

Colony: Somewhere Out There  Season 2, Ep 2

Will teams up with Devon to find Charlie. Bram moves out of the zone and proves smarter than his teacher. Jennifer makes a play. Katie burns some bridges. Maddie takes a step.
posted by nubs on Jan 15, 2018 - 9 comments

Babylon 5: The Parliament of Dreams  Season 1, Ep 5

[arc episode, most meaningful in retrospect] Babylon 5 is having a "week of religious festivals" to encourage inter-species respect. G'Kar fears he is being followed by an assassin. Sinclair's on-and-off-again lover, Catherine Sakai, arrives. "Aaahhh, our household gods. In a world where every day is a struggle for survival, you need all the gods you can get." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jan 13, 2018 - 10 comments

Babylon 5: Infection  Season 1, Ep 4

[standalone episode] Franklin's terrible doctor friends brings terrible space artifacts and terribly experiments on them with no protection, which turns someone on board into a terrible superpowered space-Nazi. "The one trick Earth hasn't been able to crack. The ability to create living ships that thrive in the vacuum of space..." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jan 7, 2018 - 9 comments

Babylon 5: Born to the Purple  Season 1, Ep 3

[mostly crisis-of-the-week] Londo falls in love with Adira, a Centauri dancer... but she is a (literal) slave to someone who wants Londo's priceless Purple Files (aka Centauri Blackmail Material). Meanwhile, someone is using the ultra-privileged Gold Channel for surreptitious communications. "What do you want, you moon-faced assassin of joy?" [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jan 7, 2018 - 3 comments

Babylon 5: Soul Hunter  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 2

A Soul Hunter arrives on Babylon 5, to collect a soul. The Minbari, who believe in reincarnation, are especially appalled, but all aliens hate Soul Hunters--while humans have no knowledge of it. "A quaint lie, pretty fantasy. The soul ends with death, unless we act to preserve it." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jan 1, 2018 - 8 comments

Black Mirror: Black Museum  Season 4, Ep 6

On a dusty stretch of highway, a traveler stumbles across a museum that boasts rare criminal artifacts -- and a disturbing main attraction.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 29, 2017 - 45 comments

Black Mirror: Metalhead  Season 4, Ep 5

At an abandoned warehouse, scavengers searching for supplies encounter a ruthless foe and flee for their lives through a bleak wasteland.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 29, 2017 - 59 comments

Black Mirror: Hang the DJ  Season 4, Ep 4

Paired up by a dating program that puts an expiration date on all relationships, Frank and Amy soon begin to question the system's logic.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 29, 2017 - 50 comments

Black Mirror: Crocodile  Season 4, Ep 3

Architect Mia scrambles to keep a dark secret under wraps, while insurance investigator Shazia harvests people's memories of a nearby accident scene.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 29, 2017 - 66 comments

Black Mirror: Arkangel  Season 4, Ep 2

Worried about her daughter's safety, single mom Marie signs up for a cutting-edge device that monitors the girl's whereabouts -- and much more
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 29, 2017 - 41 comments

Black Mirror: USS Callister  Season 4, Ep 1

Capt. Robert Daly presides over his crew with wisdom and courage. But a new recruit will soon discover nothing on this spaceship is what it seems.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 29, 2017 - 99 comments

Babylon 5: Midnight on the Firing Line  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 1

On the Earth-led station Babylon 5: The Narn invade Ragesh 3 in a sneak attack, to retake it from Centauri. Raiders are a problem near Babylon 5. The Earth Alliance elects its president. "Blood calls out for blood." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 28, 2017 - 24 comments

Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time  Season 10, Ep 13

Two Doctors stranded in a forbidding snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 25, 2017 - 77 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE SPACE CHILDREN  Season 9, Ep 6

Kids serve the telepathic bidding of a Blob from Space to sabotage military weapons. The twist: the Blob is a good guy! With short Century 21 Calling: At the Seattle World's Fair, everyone is excited about PHONES. You'll be able to record frequently-called numbers onto little plastic cards! An uncommonly ridiculous movie and short combo. Warning: contains Uncle Fester in shorts! This is another episode that's not on DVD, and probably never will be. Vimeo (1h32m) Premiered June 13, 1998. 20 episodes left. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Dec 13, 2017 - 7 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE PHANTOM PLANET  Season 9, Ep 2

"Science Shocker of the Space Age!" "See!! A 6ft astronaut shrink to 6 inches before your very eyes! See!! The Moon Maidens! See!! The attack of the Fire People!" An astronaut is stranded on a planetoid that makes him small. There are other small people there, and he assimilates into their culture. Then they're destroyed and he's rescued. Film that for long enough and you have yourself a movie. You know, every year of my life I grow more and more convinced that the wisest and the best is to fix our attention on the good and the beautiful, if you just take the time to look at it. In Castle Forrester, Pearl gets her Mad Scientist kit. Promo YouTube (1h32m) Premiered March 21, 1998. 24 episodes left. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Nov 8, 2017 - 11 comments

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams: Human Is  Season 1, Ep 6

Vera is overjoyed when her husband returns from a dangerous mission, but is he the same man?
posted by lmfsilva on Oct 30, 2017 - 9 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: OVERDRAWN AT THE MEMORY BANK  Season 8, Ep 22

"Caught in a future world, his only escape is back in time." Raul Julia is Aram Fingal, who lives in a future dystopia and gets in trouble by scrolling up Casablanca at his data entry job. So he's doppled into a baboon--thankfully, not an anteater--but an impish schoolkid loses his body, so he's then-doppled into the world-running computer for safe keeping. He pretends to be Rick from Casablanca, meets his dead mom of whom he asks, "My nuts?" and runs afoul of both computech Apollonia Jones and the CEO of Novicorp. Look, I've seen the movie several times and I'm just as lost as you are. This has gotta be the most nonsensical movie in MST3K's rich history of nonsense. Gloriously silly and yet seems not to even notice. Made for public television, it's another strong contender for Worst Movie They Riffed. It's filled with heaping helpings of made-up future jargon like a kind of sad Nadsat. Get ready everyone, it's Fingal time! In the host segments, Pearl decides to run her own pledge drive and rake in the dollars. This is the end of season eight of Mystery Science Theater 3000. YouTube (1h32m) Premiered November 22, 1997. 26 episodes left. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Oct 26, 2017 - 33 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: TIME CHASERS  Season 8, Ep 21

aka Tangents. "His Mission is to Save the Future. But Time Waits For No Man...." A guy invents a time machine in his airplane, but a huge corporation plans on misusing it. Yeah, it's kind of like if Michael Moore made Back To The Future. Wow, evil corporations, huh? You can always turn to them when you need a good villain. I am not pointing this out to subvert it; they are a power for evil in our world, a blight upon the land. Anyway, this is a pretty darn decent episode. Thankfully all that Roman Times stuff is over with, and for the last couple of episodes of Season 8 the show was free to just drift out in space (well, that and a public television station, we'll get into that next week). Mike and Pearl have a nice little talk in the Widowmaker! It's nice to see neighbors get along, even when one of them is a mad scientist and the other is her hapless movie-watching victim. Also, in the movie segments, a couple of segments have the big brother of Mike (the character), Eddie, in the theater, played by Mike (the actor), who is rather less congenial than Mike (the character). Er, you understood that, right? Observer gets in a visual riff during the credits! And at the end there's a spare Crow hanging out in Minnesota who is never mentioned again. Next week is the last episode of Season 8. Episode 821 TIME CHASERS does not appear to be on YouTube. Premiered November 22, 1997. 27 episodes left. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Oct 18, 2017 - 11 comments

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams: Real Life  Season 1, Ep 5

The lines of reality become blurred between Sarah, a policewoman in the future, and George, a brilliant game designer.
posted by lmfsilva on Oct 16, 2017 - 12 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: SPACE MUTINY  Season 8, Ep 20

aka "Mutiny in Space" "There Is Nowhere to Hide from the Enemy Within!" On a colony ship sailing through the void of space, very very white people fight off a rebellion of equally-white mutineers. Titles provided by an Apple ][. This movie falls right in that zone of inept yet not abysmal, and the riffing is great. Not only do I think it's a terrific introductory episode, so does the A.V. Club. This is the episode where they keep making up names for the beefy guy ("David Ryder"). Slab Bulkhead! Fridge Largemeat! Punt Speedchunk! Here's a list of them! Here's a supercut! In subplot news, it's finally the last of the Roman Times episodes, preparing for the premise that would carry the series to the end of its original run. YouTube (warning: ad in annotations) Premiered November 7, 1997. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Oct 12, 2017 - 17 comments

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams: Crazy Diamond  Season 1, Ep 4

Ed's life is turned upside down, and his wife Sally's worst fears come true when he meets femme fatale Jill, a synthetic being who is as beautiful as she is deadly.
posted by lmfsilva on Oct 9, 2017 - 7 comments

Movie: Blade Runner 2049

A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Oct 5, 2017 - 271 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN  Season 8, Ep 19

Non-threating, clunky robots from space invade Japan, and the country's only defense is a bunch of children and Space Chief. The robots turn into women, but their threat level does not increase measurably. Satellite News identifies this as another of the worst movies MST ever did, where a lot of the humor comes from the suffering of the riffers. There are a lot of little moments to watch for, like Tom Servo's "Song About Stock Footage," him saying "Just when I think I've seen the worst movie ever made, along comes the WORST movie EVER MADE!", Mike and Crow just wandering out of the theater at one point, and a number of excellent host segments including Noh Theater, Roji Panty Complex, the return of Krankor, and Crow's Letter To Japan. Oh, and the sudden and unexplained presence of the Hitler Building. Despite all of that, I'd say this one of tough going. In the subplot, an amnesiac Bobo is revealed to be the "Mad Goth," who gets his memory back just in time to get him, Pearl and Brain Guy captured at the end of the episode. YouTube Premiered October 11, 1997. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Oct 4, 2017 - 9 comments

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams: The Commuter  Season 1, Ep 3

Ed encounters a mysterious woman who sets him on a journey to a town that doesn't exist. Ed returns to find his life has changed for the better, but this gift has come at the ultimate cost.
posted by lmfsilva on Oct 2, 2017 - 5 comments

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams: Impossible Planet  Season 1, Ep 2

Norton, a discontented tour guide of a cruise ship in space is on a one-way trip to nothingness until he meets the supernaturally old Irma, who is on a quest to reach planet Earth.
posted by lmfsilva on Sep 24, 2017 - 11 comments

SGU Stargate Universe: Subversion  Season 1, Ep 18

Dr. Rush and Homeworld Command investigate when Colonel Telford is suspected of spying for the Lucian Alliance. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 20, 2017 - 0 comments

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams: The Hood Maker  Season 1, Ep 1

In a world without advanced technology, mutant telepaths have become humanity's only mechanism for long distance communication. But their powers have unintended implications. [more inside]
posted by lmfsilva on Sep 17, 2017 - 19 comments

SGU Stargate Universe: Pain  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 17

The ship's crew is plagued by hallucinations that manifest their fears and desires. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 14, 2017 - 0 comments

SGU Stargate Universe: Sabotage  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 16

Destiny has entered the void between galaxies. When one of the FTL drives malfunctions, stranding the ship, an expert from Earth is brought in to help via the communications stones: Dr Amanda Perry, a quadriplegic woman who temporarily takes over Wray's body. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 11, 2017 - 1 comment

The Orville: Old Wounds (Pilot Episode)  Season 1, Ep 1

Set in the year 2418, pilot Ed Mercer of the Planetary Union divorces from his wife Kelly after he catches her cheating on him. One year later Ed learns that he got promoted to be Captain of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploration ship. To Ed's annoyance the First Officer assigned to his ship is his ex-wife Kelly. While on their first mission, a routine re-supply delivery to a scientific station, the station and the Orville get attacked by aliens that want to steal a device that can accelerate time.
posted by fimbulvetr on Sep 11, 2017 - 35 comments

Movie: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Earth is threatened by a mysterious deep space voyager. To save the home planet of the Federation, the exiled James T. Kirk and his crew must boldly go to the year 1986 on a desperate mission. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil on Sep 8, 2017 - 34 comments

SGU Stargate Universe: Lost  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 15

The off-world team (Chloe, Scott, Eli and Greer) continues its search for a way out of the tunnels. However a collapse traps Sgt. Greer and the team is forced to leave him behind to try to catch up to Destiny, which is close to leaving the galaxy. In his solitude, Greer relives memories of his abusive father. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 7, 2017 - 0 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: AGENT FOR H.A.R.M.  Season 8, Ep 15

"A blast of blood-curdling terror from outer space!" "They used the world's deadliest weapons against this super-secret agent! Women! Women! Women!" A spy tries to stop the use of a flesh-decaying substance from being used for evil by commies. Generally a good episode I think, in the middle of a streak of good episodes. This is the one where Mike is put on cosmic trial for blowing up those planets. YouTube (1h31m) Premiered August 2, 1997. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Sep 7, 2017 - 6 comments

SGU Stargate Universe: Human  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 14

Dr. Rush uses the neural interface chair to try and access Destiny's systems, causing him to recall the events which led to his recruitment into the Stargate program. A university professor whose wife was fighting cancer, he was asked by Dr. Daniel Jackson to join a project which would eventually be known as Icarus. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 5, 2017 - 1 comment

Dark Matter: Nowhere To Go  Season 3, Ep 13

Alliances shift, secrets are revealed, and the past becomes present in this third-season-ending quest to prevent intergalactic war. The Raza's crew attempt to unite Ferrous' enemies before their new fleet can be used, to put an end to the corporate war.
posted by zarq on Sep 1, 2017 - 15 comments

Movie: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

On the dying Genesis planet, an incredible discovery awaits James T. Kirk, who must steal the U.S.S. Enterprise—only to face terrible sacrifice and an implacable foe. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil on Sep 1, 2017 - 28 comments

SGU Stargate Universe: Faith  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 13

The Destiny arrives at a star system that should not exist. The crew discovers a planet there that could meet all of their needs. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 1, 2017 - 0 comments

Anyone interested in Salvation?

Salvation is a CBS summer "event" series in the U.S. about an asteroid on a collision course with Earth, and the various earthlings in government and the private sector who are engaged in trying to prevent the impact. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Aug 29, 2017 - 2 comments

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